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Peace Congress 2023 in Leipzig

"... neither shall they learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4) - Perspectives for a world without violence

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Catholic peace movement pax christi in Germany, the pax christi national board is organizing a peace congress to which we hereby cordially invite you. Please register! 

  • Participation in the program and meals costs 50 Euro. 
  • Day guests (without participation in the meals) can participate for 10 Euro.
  • Please book your own accommodation in a pension/hotel, etc. of your choice in Leipzig. 

You can find the registration form HERE.

Information about the small routes that the pax christi diocesan associations are organizing to Leipzig in the days before the congress, we present HERE and in issue 4_2022 of pax_zeit.

FRIDAY . 19 May 2023
15:30 - 16:15    
Getting to know traces of the Peaceful Revolution
Nicolai Church, Nikolaikirchhof 3, 04109 Leipzig

Dinner (Marquee at Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)

Ceremony 75 years of the Catholic peace movement pax christi in Germany 
St. Trinitatis, Nonnenmühlgasse 2, 04107 Leipzig


19:15: Opening, Federal President Gerold König


19:30: Wamuyu Wachira, Co-President Pax Christi International

19:40: Bishop Hubert Herbreteau, President pax christi France

19:50: Bishop emeritus Prof. Jan Kopiec

20:00: Pirmin Spiegel, Chairman of the Board of the Episcopal Relief Organisation Misereor

20:15: Ceremonial lecture, Peter Kohlgraf, Bishop of Mainz, pax christi President

Political (night) prayer
St. Trinitatis, Nonnenmühlgasse 2, 04107 Leipzig

SATURDAY . 20 May 2023 
9:00 - 12:30
Workshops on future perspectives of peace work
Parish rooms of St. Trinitatis, Nonnenmühlgasse 2, 04107 Leipzig

W 1: German voids on Russia's war against Ukraine? Voices from Poland and Ukraine
With Robert Zurek (Poland), Oleksandr Petrenko (Ukraine) and Yulia Lyubych (Ukraine).

W 2: Struggle for resources - climate - human rights. What is happening at whose expense in Colombia and DR Congo?
With Margarete Buslay , Jean Djamba and Father Ernest Ciza

W 3: OUT OF BUSINESS - Non-violent in a world of violence? No sustainable peace policy without non-violence
With Christof Grosse, Klaus Hagedorn, Stefan Silber, Albert Fuchs, Andreas Zumach

W 4: Information and arguments on the Arms Export Control Act
With Susanne Weipert, Holger Rothbauer, Alfonso Zardi 

W 5: In search of the Jerusalem airport. Film and discussion 
With the maker of the film Nahed Awwad

W 6: OUT OF BUSINESS - Peace work concretely for ecological and social sustainability. Excursion to the model village Pödelwitz
With Jens Hausner

W 7: Migration - border experiences. How Europe is arming itself against those seeking protection
With Stefanie Wahl and Tim Thiessen

Lunch (Marquee at Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)

14:00 - 15:45 
Art action on the future questions of peace . Meeting point: Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz

Discussion rounds on perspectives on peace ethics

The history of the pax christi movement as a mission 
With Dr. Jens Oboth and Dr. Robert Zureck

Peace logic versus war logic
With Prof. Hanne-Margret Birkenbach

Current challenges and next steps 
With the presenters of the morning workshops

Dinner (Marquee at Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)

Peace notes - organ concert and text reading with Stefan Voges and Ivo Mrvelj
St. Trinitatis, Nonnenmühlgasse 2, 04107 Leipzig

Pure peace culture - celebrating together

SUNDAY . May 21, 2023 
9:30 - 10:45
Festive service
With Bishop Heinrich Timmerevers and Bishop Peter Kohlgraf  
St. Trinitatis, Nonnenmühlgasse 2, 04107 Leipzig

11:15 - 13:00     
Discussion rounds with international guests
Meeting point: Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz

First round
Gerold König in conversation with Pirmin Spiegel (Misereor), Wolfgang Klose (Presidium of the Central Committee of German Catholics): The German Catholic external perspective on pax christi. 
The questions were: What is important to you about pax christi? How do you perceive pax christi? How important are peace issues for the Catholic Church? What are the perspectives for the future from your point of view?

Second round
Martin Pilgram in conversation with Martha Ines Romero, Wamuyu Wachira and Marc Stenger (all Pax Christi International): Global peace work between Violences and Hope
Third round
Elena Rother in conversation with Yulia Lyubych and others with reports from Ukraine